Gretsch Introduces Tim Armstrong Electromatic Hollowbody

Looking for a totally murdered-out Hollowbody? Look no further –– Gretsch this month announced the availability of their latest signature model and it's a black beauty –– the G5191BK Tim Armstrong Electromatic, in honor of talented Rancid/Operation Ivy guitarist and songwriter Tim Armstrong. All done up in black and gold –– yep, that i…

Gibson Announces Custom Shop 50th Anniversary 1960 Les Paul Standard

Well, it looks like Gibson is releasing yet another Custom Shop reproduction of a much-coveted classic Les Paul –– this time in three different versions to capture three distinct personalities of the transitional 1960 Les Paul Standard. Dubbed the 50th Anniversary 1960 Les Paul Standard, the guitars will feature period-accurate accoutrements i…

Fender Busts Out With Acoustic/Electric Hybrid: The Acoustasonic Tele

Wow... I definitely didn't see this one coming, and I have to say I love the design. Check out that rosewood Telecaster bridge! Very cool looking guitar. And Fender has apparently built a truly usable Electric/Acoustic hybrid guitar if word from the NAMM demonstrations are any indication. According to Fender, the new Acoustasonic Tele packs both t…

Paul Reed Smith Debuts 25th Anniversary Swamp Ash Special Narrowfield

Paul Reed Smith appears to be continuing its move into a "new era" with a host of new guitars recently released. One of the latest to really catch my eye was the new 25th Anniversary Swamp Ash Special Narrowfield –– a gorgeously designed guitar sporting traditional PRS good looks, and armed with a trio of the company's innovative new Narrowfie…

Gretsch Pays Homage To Eddie Cochran With Custom Shop Tribute G6120

It never fails that as soon as I think it's safe to peruse Gretsch's website again they announce yet another gorgeous instrument designed to steal my hard earned money from me.. Argggh! Case in point: the company this week announced an incredibly limited run (just 50 instruments) of G6120 hollowbodies, in tribute to early guitar legend Eddie Cochr…

Fender Announces Squier Classic Vibe Telecaster Thinline & Custom

Well, the Winter 2010 NAMM show has come and gone, and we've got plenty of instrument announcements to take a look at. Fender has added to its Squier brand of instruments with the debut of two more vintage-inspired 'Classic Vibe' guitars –– the Classic Vibe Telecaster Thinline and Classic Vibe Telecaster Custom –– based on their iconic Fen…

Fender Reveals New 'American Special' Line Of Guitars

Well, it's NAMM time again folks, and that means new guitars and gear coming out of the woodwork. For its part, Fender this week announced the release of a whole new line of guitars, dubbed the American Specials. Comprised of the American Special Telecaster, American Special Stratocaster, and American Special Stratocaster HSS, this latest edition …

Fender Shows Off 'Road Worn' Series, New Amps @ NAMM 2009

Yep, it's that time again... Winter NAMM 2009 is now in full swing, and even though difficulties in my offline life have kept me from attending for the last two years straight, I'm certainly there in spirit! The big news from Fender this season (at least as far as electric guitar enthusiasts are concerned,) is the official release of their new Roa…

Summer NAMM 2007: Two More Sweet Hollowbodies From Ibanez

Moving right along with our ongoing NAMM 2007 coverage (I promise, this won't last much longer,) Ibanez unveiled yet two more handsome additions to its Artcore line of hollowbody guitars this weekend––the semi-acoustic AS73B, and the Artcore Custom AS103BM. Both instruments feature the same basic double-cutaway design, sound block-mounted pick…